- Starts at: HELSINKI, FINLAND
- Ends at: HELSINKI, FINLAND
- Duration: 14 Days / 13 Nights
The geographic North Pole itself is at the very centre of the Northern Hemisphere, diametrically opposite the South Pole. In other terms—it’s at the very top of the world! It defines latitude 90 degrees north, and all lines of longitude converge there. The North Pole is located in the middle of the Arctic Ocean, amid waters that are almost permanently covered in shifting sea ice. As you can imagine, this makes it one of the least accessible bucket list destinations on the planet.
While no one owns the North Pole, in a way, it belongs to everyone, for exploration and research purposes. The five surrounding countries—the Russian Federation, Canada, Norway, Denmark (via Greenland), and the United States— are limited to a 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone around its coasts.
The voyage begins with a one-night stay in Helsinki, Finland’s capital.
Murmansk is the town from which the voyage to the North Pole begins, and passengers can get acquainted with 50 Years of Victory, one of the world’s largest and most powerful icebreakers.
You will never forget the experience of being on board Victory
and the sensation of the icebreaker crushing through the Arctic pack ice. Just as memorable is boarding the ship’s helicopter for a thrilling aerial view over the ship and the expansive Arctic Ocean.
The crossing from Murmansk to the North Pole can take anywhere from four to six days depending on the ice conditions. You will have plenty of time to get to know your shipmates and you will also be treated to lectures and discussions by the Expedition Team, while looking out for birdlife. There are also many wonderful amenities on board, such as the ship’s lap pool or basketball court.
The anticipation reaches a climax as this ship arrives at the North Pole!
You will find yourself over- come with emotion, others will be in a festive and celebratory mood. Some take photos, others call their families, wave your country’s flag— there are many different ways to enjoy a moment at the top!
Later, everyone will celebrate with a toast and a barbecue on the ice.If the opportunity allows, you’ll have the option of taking a polar plunge into the icy waters around the North Pole. We’ll also attempt to launch passengers high above the Pole in our hot air balloon to commemorate this great moment (this is highly weather dependent).
On our return voyage, sit back and relax. As the ship heads farther south, you may get lucky and spot polar bears hunting for seals.
This group of 191 islands forms the most northerly archipelago in Eurasia and lies entirely within the Arctic Circle. Here, you will explore Cape Flora and discover historic remains from three ill-fated Arctic expeditions. When con- ditions permit, we’ll launch the Zodiacs and cruise beneath towering cliffs to explore remote seabird colonies.
The 50 Years of Victory helicopter will provide aerial sightseeing, and Zodiacs will transfer you to seldom-visited landing sites.
You can enjoy their final few days on deck or reminisce with their shipmates and new friends as the ship crosses the Arctic Ocean back to Murmansk. Expedition staff will be on hand to answer any remaining questions and point out wildlife during the return journey.
Returning to Russia’s most northerly city, it will be time to bid farewell to 50 Years of Victory. You will be transferred to the airport for their charter flight to Helsinki, Finland, to enjoy one final night with newfound friends.
After breakfast, your journey comes to an end. We do encourage you to spend time exploring Helsinki, Tallinn (the capital of Estonia) and Saint Petersburg.
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Included in the price of this voyage:
- Accommodation onboard with daily housekeeping
- All meals, snacks, soft drinks, coffee, tea, cocoa and juices onboard (please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible; unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals)
- All shore landings per the daily program, weather permitting
- Leadership throughout the expedition by our experienced Expedition Leader
- All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
- Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled
- Photographic journal documenting the expedition
- Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
- Life jackets and immersion suits
- Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
- Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
- All luggage handling aboard ship
- Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person
Not included in the price of this voyage:
• International airfare
• Passport and applicable visa expenses
• Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned
• Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
• Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
• Excess-baggage fees on international flights
• Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
• Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges, unless specified
• Phone and Internet charges
• Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for staff and crew
• Additional overnight accommodation
• Arrival and departure transfers, except where explicitly stated
• Pre- and post-expedition hotel accommodation, except where explicitly stated. Where hotel nights are included, the number of guests per room is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship
• Due to limited availability, travellers who reserve a suite on board are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel
• Adventure options on expeditions (all weather-dependent) that are not included in the cost of the voyage (e.g., kayaking, hot-air ballooning, etc.)
• On 50 Years of Victory, any private helicopter flying time that may be available for optional flights can be purchased at an hourly rate to be announced on board.
• On 50 Years of Victory: hot air ballooning at the North Pole
• Additional expenses (meals, accommodation, international flight change fees, etc.) incurred by delay or cancellation of activities due to sub-optimal weather
- Satellite phone charges